Share this Job

Manager Game Design II

Location: 

Reno, NV, US, 89521

Requisition ID:  3736

IGT is the global leader in gaming. We enable players to experience their favorite games across all channels and regulated segments, from Gaming Machines to Lotteries to Interactive. We have a well-established local presence and relationships with governments and regulators in more than 100 countries around the world, and create value by adhering to the highest standards of service, integrity, and responsibility. IGT has over 12,000 employees.

Summary

Want to be part of changing the game industry? IGT is the world’s leading gaming technology company focused on design and development of cutting edge, casino-style entertainment. IGT leverages its vast content library and pushes the boundaries of global game development to deliver the next generation of great gaming experiences to players around the world.  If you love to play and you have a passion for creating products that you can see in your favorite casino and you have a vision for changing the industry, we invite you to Come Out and Play!

Do you have a passion for casino games? Would you like a job where you are central in fostering a team to make the games that people love to play? The Game Design Manager position provides a unique role in influencing a group of skilled Game Mathematicians in creating industry-leading content for regulated casino markets. You will be essential in helping to create, design, calculate, analyze, and process game ideas which eventually translate into land-based slot games. You will leverage your knowledge of jurisdictional regulations while also potentially influencing the future of regulated gaming with new and innovative game types. You will mentor your team while also working collaboratively with leadership in your studio. Knowledge of games in the Class III, land-based marketplace will be key in leading your team. Collaboration and experience in delivering multiple projects through motivated leadership is essential for success in this position.  Whether providing critiques to other games from concept to completion, absorbing and processing critique and offering potential mathematic or design solutions, doing field research in casino environments, or mentoring your team to work at their creative edge, this role will challenge and inspire you.

Responsibilities

* Manage a team of full-time mathematician/designers while providing periodic mentorship and guidance to the team
* Work closely with game studio management, direct reports, and game producers to ensure game scoping, tasks, and team capacity are sensible and aligned
* Provide creative input and leadership in designing games including mathematics and creative look and feel
* Share expertise by troubleshooting and refining work across the full scope of game design activities that involve creative thinking, industry and competitive knowledge, and mathematical skills; demonstrates competency in game design abilities
* Oversee development and analysis of game mathematical properties (i.e., pay tables) and the design of updates and changes to pay tables for assigned game applications
* Have a demonstrated track record in mentoring other mathematicians and development staff to share innovative solutions and help shape other project features
* Lead and participate in iterative mathematical design reviews
* Maintain active field research, analysis, and industry knowledge to clearly understand and convey player profiles to develop new features and products
* Analyze performance data from the marketplace to help identify future game mechanics and industry trends
* Utilize knowledge of customer (casino) preferences, math probability theories, play design concepts for gaming machines, design tools, and player preferences
* Act as a champion for game designs, prototypes, tools, and innovations across our organization

Qualifications

* Has a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the field of slot machine mathematics and/or professional experience in a mathematical field.  8+ years preferred.
* Has a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or Computer Science with slot Game Design or equivalent experience
* Has released multiple game titles into wagering casino markets in a lead game designer role
* Has solid expertise with Excel; mastery through VBA preferred
* Has strong expertise in Combinatorics, Probability Theory and Statistics
* Demonstrates ability to create well-structured, well-documented, maintainable programs in C/C++/C# (or comparable language)
* Demonstrates outstanding data analysis and presentation skills
* Works well with creative conflict in a consensus-based, collaborative environment
* Has strong written communication skills
* Has a long-standing passion for playing games of multiple genres and a solid background in slots and casino games
* Strong proficiency in relevant mathematical development applications and techniques
* Can communicate effectively with engineering, art, production and business personnel
* Is a naturally curious mind interested in zeroing in on what existing and potential players and customers want
* Demonstrates knowledge of land-based casino industry and the offerings of other slot machine manufacturers’
* Can tolerate moderate to occasional high levels of stress
* Flexible to adapt in an evolving industry and environment
* Able to receive design and math direction and provide multiple solutions
* Able to obtain a gaming license

Keys to Success

• Building collaborative relationships
• Decision making
• Drive results
• Foster innovation
• Personal energy
• Self-leadership

 

#MP-LI

 

 

IGT is committed to sustaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of the global customers and communities we serve, creating a fair and inclusive culture that enables all our employees to feel valued, respected and engaged.  IGT is an equal opportunity employer. We provide equal opportunities without regard to sex, race, color, religion, age, national origin or ancestry, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity or expression, and any other personal attributes protected by federal, state, or other laws. We thank all applicants for applying; however, only those selected to interview will be contacted.
In addition to our competitive benefits package, we offer employees a 401(k) Savings Plan with Company contributions, tuition reimbursement, and free identity theft insurance.